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ELA (X) - English (X) - Racism (X)

Great Books: Native Son (2003)

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Introduces the author Richard Wright and to the characters and story told in his literary portrait of racism in America. Provides pre and post viewing discussion questions. Scholars discuss the symbolism found in the novel and its lasting impact.

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Great Books: Native Son

A Raisin in the Sun

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963).

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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

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Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads where the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a new home for the family? Perhaps a liquor store? Or even pay for medical school tuition? While no choice is easy, life on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s is even harder.

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A Raisin in the Sun

The Lottery and Seven Other Stories (Unabridged)

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It's just townspeople picking numbers for the annual lottery...why, then, is there an ominous feeling to "The Lottery"? Find out, and listen to 7 other unique stories. The collection reveals Jackson's remarkable range, from hilarious to horrible, dealing with modern issues of alienation, empowerment, racism, and economic class.

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The Lottery and Seven Other Stories (Unabridged)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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The Watsons are an African-American family that live in Flint, Michigan where they're raising three children in the 1960's. The oldest son, Byron, is hanging with the wrong crowd and his parents want to change his environment. The whole family piles into their old car for a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, where Byron's strict grandmother lives. While traveling in the South, they encounter overt racism and segregation, and a tragic event that will shake their world. They realize that the love of family gives them the strength to endure most anything.

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Time of Fear (2004)

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In World War II more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps dotted across the western United States. TIME OF FEAR tells the story of the 16,000 men, women, and children who were sent to two relocation camps in southeast Arkansas--one of the poorest and most racially segregated places in America.

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Time of Fear

Black Like Me (2012)

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In 1964, just as Washington was passing the Civil Rights Act, some of Hollywood's most passionate activists interpreted John Howard Griffin's brave chronicle Black Like Me for the screen, with James Whitmore starring as the writer, who, in 1959, medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his

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Black Like Me